Online

Online is a professional magazine covering online and CD-ROM databases with practical how-to articles covering the entire online industry. Founded in 1977, it is a bimonthly publication published by Online, a Division of Information Today Inc.The editor is Marydee Ojala.

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 4, July

Adding Value to Your Search: An Essential Part of the Search Process
"Sure, we can do that for you. That's probably how it started. Someone asked if we could do it. And after thinking about it for a few minutes, or experimenting a bit, we found we could do it for them. (We are in a helping profession, after all.)...
Cost-Effective Computing: Making the Most of Your PC Dollars
(Editor's Note: The room was packed and we ran out of handouts..this session at the ONLINE/CD-ROM '91 conference was so full of helpful micro tips that we decided to publish it here. The only caveat is that Walt cautions readers that prices mention...
Dialog Reallocates Resources in Massive Personnel Reorganization
A recurring theme in Pat Tierney's interview that appeared in the March 1992 ONLINE was one of "resources." In his concluding comments he said, "So my toughest job here, over the next few months, is figuring out where the priorities lie, and where...
Digging into DOS 5.0
With MS-DOS 5.0, Microsoft has finally released a version of its operating system that begins to match the power and functionality of today's DOS-based computers. The awkwardness and limitations of DOS commands, and the perceived difficulty of the...
Electronic Databases: Will Old Collection Development Policies Still Work?
Last year you purchased a full-text CD-ROM product from a company that assured you the last five years of the publication would be on that CD. You signed up for a disk subscription, cancelled the print (bidding a relieved farewell to ten shelves of...
Enhanced Reports in DIALOG's COMPANY NAME FINDER
Column Editor's Note: The last Output Options contained a list of DIALOG's "ready-made reports"--the pre-defined reports that Dialog and database producers have developed to make efficient use of particular files. This month's column focuses on a ready-made...
Enhancing Online Access through Keyboard Mapping
Surfing across networks, accessing bibliographic utilities, opening lists from the Macintosh often requires a fearless attitude toward the keyboard. Different keys have different meanings in different systems. Learning a set of keyboard routines for...
Faster and Cheaper Document Delivery with Online Searching Skills
Everyone wants information, and when people want information, they usually want documents--magazine and journal articles, technical reports, conference proceedings, patents, standards and specifications, financial reports, books or chapters of books,...
Fax Newspapers: Publishing or Perishing?
In my May 1990 TechnoTrends column [1], I discussed the use of fax machines as an information delivery channel; one application I mentioned was fax editions of daily newspapers. In that column, I termed fax newspapers a "recent innovative information...
Mac Monitor: Enhancing Online Access through Keyboard Mapping
Surfing across networks, accessing bibliographic utilities, opening lists from the Macintosh often requires a fearless attitude toward the keyboard. Different keys have different meanings in different systems. Learning a set of keyboard routines for...
Making the Most of Practice Databases
It may be called a Practice, Training or ONTAP file, but this type of small database is a microcosm of its larger parent database. Using such a subset file is an inexpensive way to learn how to use some of the more expensive databases. BRS has eight...
Online in Sweden
I often lecture about online in Sweden. At a conference in 1987, the organisers had titled my speech: "The Database Industry--A New Branch of Business." This made me open my speech by enlightening the audience that the "business" was neither "new"...
Org Plus Advanced
Creating clear, readable (and attractive) organization charts can be more difficult than it might initially appear. Software possibilities include using a good word processing package with drawing features like WordPerfect, or perhaps a graphic presentation...
Output Options: Enchanced Reports in DIALOG's COMPANY NAME FINDER
THE DIALOG COMPANY NAME FINDER (File 416) is a search aid database that can be used to identify DIALOG databases containing information on a given company, indicate which databases contain the most records, remind you what type of information may be...
PC Monitor: Digging into DOS 5.0
With MS-DOS 5.0, Microsoft has finally released a version of its operating system that begins to match the power and functionality of today's DOS-based computers. The awkwardness and limitations of DOS commands, and the perceived difficulty of the DOS...
Searching for the Mother Code
Business searchers are extremely familiar with codes. And I'm not talking about secret messages written in invisible ink or ASCII or complicated computer encryption codes. Business databases, quite simply, are replete with numeric and acronym coding...
Setting Up an Electronic Current Awareness Service
Libraries traditionally have tried to make some form of current awareness service available to their users to provide access to recently published literature [1]. Their aim has been to bridge the time lag between publication of research and its appearance...
Simplify Your Searching with Personalized System Commands
Since 1980 the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Z39G committee has been working to create a common command language to ease the linguistic problem facing searchers of more than one online system. However, as an earlier ONLINE article...
Solving Installation Problems for Extensions and CD-ROM Software
Getting started can be hard. Whether it is a new job, a new marriage or a new CD-ROM product, the most difficult part often comes at the beginning. If there were an international accrediting agency for corollaries to Murphy's Law, I would nominate...
The Impact of In-House and End-User Databases on Mediated Searching
Since 1985, there has been a sharp decrease in patron requests for librarian-mediated searches of MEDLINE at Yale University's Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library (CWML). In an effort to understand this decline, we conducted a survey to...
The Seven Deadly Sins of Online Services
ONLINE and its sister publications have been on this righteousness kick for several years now. We've seen articles on the seven deadly sins of CD-ROM, of microcomputing, and of full-text searching. Anyone with a judgmental bent will find no shortage...
Whose Internet Is It Anyway? - a Challenge
It began innocently enough. I was rummaging around the Internet looking for some NREN information to include in a proposal I was writing, when I came across a rather one-sided "debate." It was a string of messages written mostly by people from academic...
Whose Internet Is It Anyway? - A Challenge
It began innocently enough. I was rummaging around the Internet looking for some NREN information to include in a proposal I was writing, when I came across a rather one-sided "debate."It was a string of messages written mostly by people from academic...
Widening Privacy Concerns
(Editor's Note: Privacy is an issue that is rapidly rising to the forefront of information industry concerns. Business credit information is easily available online, and other kinds of public, personal information are not difficult to obtain. DATABASE...